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Teenagers from Outer Space

Published 1959
Topics Sci-Fi, Horror

A young alien (David Love) falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl (Dawn Anderson) and they team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts.

Run time 01:25:28
Producer Tom Graeff
Production Company Tom Graeff Productions
Audio/Visual sound, black & white


Reviewer: SciFiFlix - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2013
Subject: Didnt know it was so bad as a kid in the early 60's
MY older brother had the Hubley Atomic Disintegrator cap gun and chased me around as a kid threatening to turn me into a skeleton. I still have 6 of the hand held scanners that Thor uses which are the Electro Voice model 615 dynamic microphone that my father gave us, he worked in the communication dept at U.S.Steel. I wonder if star trek got the idea for the tricorder from that. Makes me think of the good old days. One of my favorites from the wayback. Thanks.
Reviewer: phantomofkrankor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2012
Subject: One of the best
I absolutely love this film, both uncut and the MST3k tribute (which is really what it is). As most people here know, it was essentially a home movie picked up by a studio and released as a B-feature. Tom Graeff was the craftsman that Ed Wood dreamed of being.

King Moody, who played the oldest "teenager" as the invasion party's leader, appears on The Bob Newhart Show as the fire captain who upstages Bob when Emily's elementary-school class has career day. Worth catching on re-runs. He also played Ronald McDonald for a while.

To this day, whenever my wife is perplexed at something technical and asks me for help, I turn to her and stammer "you mean, you are not familiar with the focusing disintegrator?" Still our favorite indoor date-night film, and will be until we're too old to stay awake.
Reviewer: dreibel50 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 23, 2012
Subject: no real teenagers, but fun nonetheless
one of my all-time favorite bad movies! This was actually distributed by Warner Brothers (who proudly said it was the cheapest film they'd ever promoted) and paired with the movie _Gigantis The Fire Monster (aka Godzilla Raids Again) for the drive-in crowd. Some fun facts: Dawn Anderson was a child actress whose big claim to fame was being on the OTR show One Man's Family. Tom Graeff was a promising cinematographer before he took this bizarre U-turn. The guy who played Thor co-financed the movie, and later sued Graeff when the film bombed. All the atomized victims were played by the same medical-school skeleton (you can even see the tags and hinges).
Reviewer: doc schlock - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2012
Subject: This movie witnesses madness!!!
Came to this courtesy of an itunes e-book called Movies That Witness Madness that said it featured some of the best bad acting of all time. Boy, does it! Also some of the best worst special effects. Love that silhouette of a scorpion puppet that stands in for the monster!
Reviewer: AlecW - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2011
Subject: So bad it's good.
It's been said that to enjoy science fiction, you must be willing to suspend disbelief. This is especially true in a film where aliens speak perfect English. Even more so when the aliens reveal (early on in this film) they were unaware of intelligent life on the planet. But that suspended disbelief gets stretched even further when an alien uses a device with "written" English on it.

Early on in the film, 3 aliens remove 3 scientific instruments (in suitcase-like cases) from their ship to take readings. But one of these instruments appeared to have English words on it - though briefly seen and upside down. I took a "snapshot" of that scene, right-side up:

Clearly, this is an audio-mixer used in a recording studio (notice the musical note graphic on the right side of it).

The dreaded Giant Black Land Lobster that walks on its tail? When I first saw this (I was 9 when it premiered), I'd not yet SEEN a lobster before. And boy, did it look scary. I didn't have to suspend ANY disbelief back then. ;)
Reviewer: accalaurie49 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 7, 2010
Subject: Is This Plan 10?
Here we have a compilation of the storylines of nearly every 50s sci fi movie I know, alien invasion, giant monsters, flying saucers. And the acting could not be worse. Where did they get these actors? And the special effects!!!!

If there is any film which can serve as explanation of the term "so bad it´s good" besides "Plan 9 from Outer Space", it is this one.
Reviewer: Aitchondo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2010
Subject: teenagers from outerspace
I loved it. I'm about to watch it again. I love cheese when it's in westerns and sci fi movies. Comes from the time I fell out of the loge in the local theater where Indians had to set, cause coloreds couldn't set with the white folk. I was only six at the time, but I ran off and joined the Marines and have been a movie addict ever since. The more cheese, the better.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2010
Subject: The Greats
Robot Monster...The Giant Claw...Plan 9 from Outer Space...Teenagers from Outer Space...The Eye Creatures. These are the touchstones of hilariously cheesy American science fiction cinema. Sad to say, the first two are under copyright, so we can't have them here.
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2010
Subject: The lobsters are coming!!!
Hilariously bad special effects, stunningly bad acting and a plot ripped off from a "Twilight Zone" episode. In short, a bonanza for schlock movie lovers, and a great laugh-along party movie once you've gone through "Plan 9" and "The Giant Claw." If "Robot Monster" had you in stitches, you're gonna love this one.
Reviewer: drdee51 - favorite - February 1, 2009
Subject: This Film is Dreadful
I am a buff of 1950s sci fi films. Unfortunately, in this day and age, they all get lumped together as if one sample represents all of them. The 1950s films are are being judged by contemporary generations with a set of standards that are irrelevant to any film regardless of time and genre but standards that do reflect the fashions of today.
Having said that, this film just plain stinks. The story plot line is amorphous, the acting cardboard and the direction cruddy.
Reviewer: rrhobbs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2009
Subject: Teenagers From Outer Space
When I was a kid this was on the local tv Saturday afternoon movie like, every other week!
Reviewer: daves_not_here - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2009
Subject: ...The What?
I SAID: Are you familiar with the Focusing Disintegrator Ray?
The What?
The Focusing Disintegrator Ray! How can you not know of the Focusing Disintegrating Ray, we used it to blast Sparky....
oops! You were not supposed to know that puny human,
die, die!!
*zapf!* smell of cooking meat**
This is definitely a must see.

(5)***** for the complete kitsch, of the official air force surplus flyer's helmet and air mask;
(5) ***** for the over-the-top evil alien, and yes, monotonic good-guy.
(4)**** for the far-too-trusting grampa, who just lets anyone in to take a room...I mean, even back then, they still asked for references.
(5)***** for the setting, and them spending as absolutely minimally as they could on sets and props.
(5)***** overall.
Reviewer: AJD08 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2008
Subject: Used in Whose Line
I think this movie is a pretty nice example of the genre. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" used the scene at the gas station for their "film dub" game.
Reviewer: guppypartz - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2008
Subject: I watched the whole thing
Its one of those bad movies that offer enough silly stuff to keep the viewer around. And the ending is completely ridiculous, so it's something worth waiting for.

The father is one easy-going dude I gotta say. Paraphrasing: 'Oh you can't say who you are, or where you are from? And you are talking in monotone and wearing clothes like the band DEVO? Hey, rent a room in our house ok! Oh here's my daughter, how about taking her out. Now I'll take another nap.'

The nasty alien is played deliciously over the top, while the good alien is played catatonically .. so there's some real contrast in playing aliens awaiting your attention.
Reviewer: RevRoach - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2008
Subject: B-Luv
When you download a film like "Teenagers From Outer Space" you know what your getting into.
This one is truly a B-Movie Classic.

The story is good and the acting is better then fair. This copy is better then some DVDs I've seen of this film.
Great movie for a rainy day, or if your a B-Movie lover any day is good for this film.
Reviewer: Freddie Jaye - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2008
Subject: give it some credit
I first saw this with my 21-year-old son, who shares my love of schlocky B-movies. Yes, the acting and special effects are pretty bad, but we both found ourselves caught up in the spirit of the storyline.

Our verdict? "Teenagers from Outer Space" has a nice little movie inside it, trying desperately to get out. In a way, it's like many of Ed Wood's movies -- loaded with good intentions, but the filmmaker just doesn't have the chops (or budget) to pull it off.

Perhaps if more people had been involved in it (Tom Graeff, according to IMDB, handled acting/writing/directing/editing/cinematography duties, was involved in the "special" FX and music coordination, and produced the whole thing), it might have turned out better.

Nevertheless, TFOS gets five stars, simply because it's so damn entertaining!
Reviewer: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2008
Subject: Crap at it's Finest
I love this crap, since it's so crappy. It's enjoyable crap. It's my favourite crap film of all time.
Reviewer: Robin_1990 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2008
Subject: One of my favourite turkeys! (I saw it on DVD)
So bad it's good! It's cheesy, silly and stupid, But in the best way possible. Actually, the plot is quite decent, the ending is clever. While there were plenty of good Sci-Fi movies back in the 50's, It's the bad ones I love the most. Plus, it's never boring, and overall it's great way to relax. Cheese at it's finest!
Reviewer: Robot Mike - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2007
Subject: Remove the metal pellets from my flesh!
...Ah, my absolute favorite sci-fi Bmovie. This film is a lot of fun in it's own right, not just for the camp value (though there is a whole lot of cheese involved). The hero's good natured innocence is disarming, and the unexpected violence alarming. Completely action packed, "Teenagers" isn't boring for a minute.

And of course, the monster is classic. 5 stars from me.
Reviewer: kerriganm - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2007
Subject: Teensploitation alien-fu
This is a fairly fun/goofy B-movie. It's not among my very favorites of the cheesy movie genre, but the acting is fair, there is a plot of sorts, and the alien lobster monster is great! Plus, the good-guy alien teenager is dreamy. Fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Reviewer: P. Federighi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2007
Subject: Flippin' Awesome
It's the story of true love and giant lobsters. How could you not love it? I first saw this in color (yes, someone has made a colorized version) on "So Bad It's Good Theater" late one Saturday night and fell in love with it almost immediately. What really sold me on the movie is that the monster is a lobster. It really is so classically bad that it's good. If you enjoy low budget, poorly acted, campy sci-fi, I think you'll love this film.
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